Type II Diabetes is a very serious disease. It can cause blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and circulation problems. It significantly increases your risk of high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and heart disease. Diabetes Australia tells us that around 280 Australians develop diabetes every day (1 person every 5 minutes!) and for every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day. With the total annual cost impact estimated at $14.6 it is worth understanding some of the complications and ways we can prevent it.


Complications include:
 

  • 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes
  • People with diabetes are between two and four times more likely to develop heart disease
  • People with diabetes may develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than people without diabetes
  • An estimated 360,000 people with diabetes are living with kidney disease
  • 3,500 people are on dialysis due to kidney disease every year


Ways to prevent Diabetes:

  • Get some nutritional advice if you are overweight
  • Choosing healthy foods and cut back on saturated fats
  • Match the amount of food you eat with the amount of energy you burn in a day
  • Avoid foods that high in added sugars. In particular limit sweets, lollies and soft drinks
  • Increase your protein intake, but don’t go overboard
  • Cut back on salt
  • Be active everyday – exercise plays an important role in managing insulin levels. Make sure you see an exercise specialist to advise you on where to start if you have never exercised before
  • Don’t smoke. If you do, quit
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol

 

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